1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and will do it.”
Recapturing the hearts of women for Jesus | Worshipping through spirit, soul & body
Walking in the image of God | Redefining your image | Seeking God & pursuing adventure
Want to get involved but you’re not sure you can financially commit?
Imago Dei Ministries desires that no woman be unable to participate in our offerings due to financial obligation. If there is a financial need whether it be the purchase of a bible study book or payment on a trip we are offering we offer need based assistance.
Check Out Our Featured Scholarships
Are you or someone you know at a place in need of healing? Are you the woman who just wanted to touch the hem of His robe knowing He would heal you? We are looking for that woman to sponsor on the next Image Quest. This is a time of renewal and healing with our Savior and your sisters in Christ during this weekend of reflection.
There are four simple guidelines to follow to be considered for this scholarship.
1) in a place of need for healing; spiritual, physical or emotional
2) you may nominate yourself or someone else
3) the person can not have attended a previous Image Quest weekend
4) there should be a financial need
Write a brief synopsis of one or two paragraphs including contact information for the recipient.
“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help and He will say Here am I.” Isaiah 58: 8-9.
I remember the day that my husband came home and told me that his unit would be deploying for a year to Afghanistan. I remember the smells in the kitchen, the look on his face, and the way I was swaying back and forth trying to keep our 6 month old son asleep on my chest. What I also remember, is the flood of fear and uncertaintythat bombarded my mind. I felt fear not only for my husband’s safety, but for how my son and I would experience that year as our hero, his daddy, and my husband would be gone in a very unsafe place.
That year was the longest, hardest, and richest year. God brought Imago Dei into my life on a mission that could not be stopped. I remember feeling the warmth and support immediately as the ladies spoke richness andTruth to cast away my fears. They pursued me with the love of God and blessed me with fellowship in a year of drought and uncertainty.
As we quickly learned, my husband was in an extremely dangerous area without much aid. And for the first few months of his deployment, I felt that while I was in a physically “safe” place, my heart and mind were in an extremely dangerous area without much aid to be found. Then I was invited to an Imago Dei Bible Study andexercise fellowship by my friend, Tammy. Imago Dei was the aid in my own wartime. Any military spouse knows that the time when your partner is deployed is an extremely lonely and helpless time. I can send care packages, relish in spotty Skype calls, and pray like it’s the only lifeline I have but we all know that anything could happen to our soldier over there. It is the rawest lesson in relinquishing control. But Imago Dei took those fears and calmed them by speaking Truth, giving constant encouragement, and they gave me a safe haven. (Not to mention they got my bod in shape for Sam’s mid-tour leave! Sam says “Thanks Karen!”)
A Quartermaster in the military is someone who brings aid to soldiers in need. Imago Dei was the Quartermaster in my greatest time of need. This fund has been started to help military spouses so they can experience the same safe haven in Imago Dei’s opportunities that I did. We have a saying in the military when things get hard on families and it unites us, “Mission First”. Well, Imago Dei lives this every day as they fulfill “Mission First” in women’s lives. It was God’s mercy that they fulfilled that mission of love in me.
It was at a Christian women’s conference in the summer of 2005 that God gave Tina Parker the desire to minister to women. Later that fall, Tina went on an athletic adventure and it was there that God began to reveal the vision of Imago Dei Ministries. This ministry was born out of a desire for women to see themselves as God sees them and an absolute love of any athletic endeavor. God has sent a team of women to come along Tina whose combination of unique gifts and talents have allowed the ministry to expand and grow.
Imago Dei offerings now include a bi weekly Bible study, Imago Dei in Action (IDA’s) inspiring day adventures and Image Quest.
“The verse upon which Imago Dei is formed is ” May God himself, the God of peace sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This sanctification of being “set apart” for the LORD is walked out in the gathering of women each week. These wonderful women come from all places of their faith journey to encourage one another as we fellowship, share healthy treats, pray for another, listen to fabulous godly teaching from our study, share in small groups , and then participate in an incredible workout. In just three hours, one is absolutely filled to overflowing with Jesus in body, soul, and spirit! It is one of those great things in our week that we Imago Dei ladies don’t ever want to miss!“
“Ten years ago, I was invited to join a group of women who revel in the love and grace of Jesus Christ and desire to share it with others. Imago Dei is a sisterhood that promotes running the Christian race with passion and joy. God promises an abundant life in Him, and His people should grab hold of that promise! Emboldened and empowered by the knowledge that I am an image bearer of an awesome God, I have taken surfing lessons, participated in a triathlon, tried rock climbing, and experienced other thrilling adventures with Imago Dei. I am so blessed by this group of amazing women!“
“From the moment I was invited to attend Imago Dei, I felt so welcomed, accepted, encouraged and loved! What a blessing to find a group of sisters in Christ who exhibited unconditional love. I love that the ministry emphasizes the importance of body, mind, and spirit.
We are encouraged to get out of our comfort zones not only with exercise but also with genuine sharing and yearly Image Quest weekends. These Quests, or weekend retreats, are designed to challenge us and get us to a point where we first rely on God and then on each other. I thank God for this amazing ministry that is always reminding us through the Word, through studies, and through loving examples that we are daughters of the King…beautifully, wonderfully, uniquely made in the image of God (Imago Dei)!“
“The women I have met in and through Imago Dei exemplify what the bible speaks of in Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Each member of the leadership team brings a special gift to the group as a whole. They each share themselves with every woman who walks through the door; making sure we all know that we are Be.You.tiful in our own right because Jesus loves us each just the way we are.”
“Imago Dei offers the gift of an environment where women can be raw and real; no matter where you are in your faith journey, ID is a shame-free group of women who seek honest pursuit of the Lord. I have attended several of the book studies and have been on two Image Quest weekend retreats with these women, loving every second of it – I mean, who wouldn’t love horseback riding on the beach, learning how to belly dance, doing a ropes course, or learning how to scuba dive? To me, the most beautiful thing about ID is that Tina’s heart and message for this group of women transcends age, seasons of life, or circumstance. When they say, ‘Come just as you are,’ they mean it. I have felt loved and my adventurous spirit is deeply filled by being with these women.”
“Over the years I have been involved with Imago Dei, I have heard Tina plead to us many times with the statement “don’t you want to be different?” And my answer, and the answer of many of the women there, is “Yes, I do!” As believers, we can be certain that God is transforming His believers closer to the image of His Son, Jesus. His Word promises us that (Romans 8:28-29). Imago Dei has been a place for me to grow in my faith and to fellowship with sisters in Christ from all walks of life. The women there have encouraged and prayed with me and for me through some difficult times in my life. And they have rejoiced with me when God has answered prayers. Tina and the leadership team have hearts for women desiring to be different, to embrace those changes that God has purposed for us, and to walk a life worthy of His calling. Yes, I am different because of God working through the ministry of Imago Dei!”
“One of the things about Imago Dei that is most meaningful to me is that this ministry welcomes ALL women. It is a group in which any woman can feel comfortable, loved, supported, encouraged, and valued. This wide-armed welcome is apparent at Bible study and exercise, Boot Camp, Image Quest, and simply at any Imago Dei event I have attended.”
“Imago Dei has been one of the biggest blessings I have experienced! Little did I know when I accepted a casual invitation from another mom I had only recently met, that this bible study would become something I would most look forward to every two weeks. I had never participated in a regular bible study before and these women, the books we read, Tina’s message, and then the workout with Karen following is the absolute perfect recipe to quench my thirst for whatever I might be needing and rejuvenate me to be a better wife and mom and flat out happier, stronger and more centered woman. God knew exactly what I needed and He delivered it beautifully wrapped up in Imago Dei.”
“Imago Dei is a ministry where my heart has felt loved extremely deeply. Under the wings of this ministry I have done things I never believed I would be able to do: like participate in 5:45 am boot camp, learn how to hoola hoop and run a 12k! With the constant encouragement of the leadership team, I have been able to accomplish these things while enriching my own spiritual life.”
Our Leadership Team
Loving Loud Leader
Body Enrichment Enthusiast
God has called us to seek Him for the hearts of women. We are called to lead and guide women as the Holy Spirit takes them on a journey to redefine their images. Our desire is for each woman to find her true definition and to reflect the image in which she was created, the image of Almighty God.
We seek to help each women reflect this image in spirit soul and body.
Our Board of Directors
nurse practitioner; women’s bible teacher and Storehouse for Jesus volunteer
adolescent physician and leader of Haiti mission teams
bible teacher and elder of Reynolda church
homeschool educator and mother
elementary educator and mother
foster parent and administrative assistant for family owned business of Bryan and Tina Parker, MidSouth Irrigation
owner of Proline Hidden Fence of the Triad and church leader
pastor of Reynolda church; author and speaker
wife of Alan Wright and homeschool educator
owner of Nehemiah Construction and active volunteer in YoungLife Ministries